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Posted by Nanakulikane, Feb 22, 2013.

I came to California with my parents in 1959 and started tasting wine through out when wineries were in their infancy. I watched the Valley go from a diversified agricultural community to a mono culture with the inherent problems that entails. 

I spent almost 30 years in the wine industry, making, growing, crushing, selling both whole sate & retail in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Eventually I added French, German, Spanish, Italian and Australian wines to my knowledge base from the retail and manufacturing point of view.

Due to ill health I was forced to retire from work in general, even though I tried to keep my hand in with private label sales in Hawaii where I currently live, though in the end three years ago I was forced to give that up as well.

Currently I collect a few wines to serve to friends, having rid myself of my extremely large cellar due to logistical considerations.




Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 23, 2013.

Welcome Nana!

Where in Hawaii are you? I spent a couple of years on Maui, not exactly the hot bed of wine appreciation but one of the most beautiful places on earth!

Reply by EMark, Feb 23, 2013.

I'm very pleased to meet you, Nanakulakane.  Like GDP, I also spent some time in Hawaii.  At the time it was the Territory of Hawaii, and my dad was stationed at Kaneohe Bay.  This is kind of unusual, but he resigned from the Marine Corps and joined the Air Force.  So, after only six months in Oahu, the Air Force decided that what we needed was snow--Portsmouth, NH.

In my later professional life I would usually make a few trips to Hawaii per year--mostly to Honolulu.  Bringing the conversation back to wine, I was, and still am (my wife and I took a Hawaiian cruise last month) impressed at the very nice wine selection at the some of the ubiquitous ABC Stores.  Here in the quintessential tourist/convenience store I could find some outstanding California wines.  I can't find anything like that in the local AM/PM Minimart.

We look forward to learning from you Nanakulakane.

Reply by Nanakulikane, Feb 23, 2013.

I live on Oahu in what is called the local area Nanakuli, which the guide books say never ever go to as you may not get out alive, which is not really true but it wouldn't be called friendly. Bought a 4bdrm 1 1/2 bath fixer upper for 42,5 almost 12 years ago when the market was at its low and California (Napa) was going through the roof. Worked for us but I miss our friends, the vineyards, but not the prices.

As far as wine goes, it's here but very well hidden, you basically have to have a refrigerated wine storage system of some sort, which you can buy (depending on size and quality/quantity), to take care of your stash. I could never have the 60 case cellar that I used to have in California without spending major bucks. So I do what I recommended to people for over 30 years, got a used refrigerator and converted that, works like a champ. 

Reply by Nanakulikane, Feb 23, 2013.


Funny you should mention the ABC stores as I was passing by one about a year ago and was blown away by their selection there. For a quick pick up, if your not worried about price, they are pretty good. There is a wine shop in the Victoria Ward Center, across from the big multiplex movie place that has a very good selection and will order any wine you want.

Reply by EMark, Feb 24, 2013.

Now, I'm going to try to show off.  Unfortunately, it happens here, and I'm one of the worst perpetrators.

Would I translate your handle as something like "Guy from Nanakuli?"

It's funny, when I was in Honolulu I did walk by the Ward Center, and I know what movie multiplex you mean.  The next time I go there, I'll look for the shop you recommend.

Reply by Nanakulikane, Feb 24, 2013.

Close kane, as kane translates to man so Nanakuli man. The shop is on the kai (sea) side almost across from the first entrance closest to Ward Ave.

Reply by EMark, Feb 24, 2013.

Got it.  Makai, not mauka.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 26, 2013.

One thing that amazes me here is that members have often had really interesting lives apart from their wine adventures.  But I don't think it's mere coincidence, since wine causes one to be interested in geography, history, geology, meteorology, and even the tall tales of wine makers themselves.  It's hard to find anyone who appreciates wine and wants to share that information who isn't broad minded.  Even if we don't agree on things, the tendency is to accept input. 

On the other hand, people's insecurities can show up in their attitudes towards wine:  Buying only on name or poo-pooing a wine because of its low price or place of origin often bespeaks insecurity.  But you see precious little of that here--instead you get someone like N (sorry, gotta shorten that handle!) who has worlds of experience and draws out yet more of EMark's interesting past.  Welcome to the Forums, I expect we'll learn a lot from you.

Can you tell us the names of any of the organizations for which you worked doing the "crushing" labors of winemaking?

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